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Tax Month Celebration

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by andelino

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This post is a reminder “why and how” we should celebrate the glorious “Tax Month” the progressive, massive, state-sponsored redistribution of “Other People’s Money” (OPM).

We also should be “thankful” to the Government and the “heroic” IRS workers who have selflessly “toiled” for over 100 years in taking “OPM’s” from the pockets of the ”rich” and distribute it among the needy “poor” for their votes.

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All my life I have been told  that my “taxes” help the economy and make everyone “work” hard to meet their obligations.

Since I  believe in “tax fairness” here is my plan, which I call “The Flat Tax Plan” which will boost the “economy” and make everyone pay an “equal” percentage of taxes.

This “simple” plan will help the entire country “grow” prosperous and get “rid” of the “tax cheats” and tax beats who don’t pay “any” taxes.

It also “means” the Government gets more “money” to help with the “glorious” revolution of “Next Tuesday.”

“Tax Month” is a magical kind of season. The cash “flies” through the air, everybody goes “door to door” singing heartwarming “tax carols.”

Here is glorious “endorsement” of the IRS in a song about “taxes” from a man named “Cash.”

Let us all “Celebrate Tax Month” and rejoice how wonderful it is that the Government “decides” what to do with all that money and how “generous” the state is in letting us to “keep some money” for ourselves.

Here are some “quotes” from tax “paying” people:

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“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” Margaret Mitchell
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Winston Churchill
“I’ve found that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket, pulling the handles and expecting himself to get out.” Winston Churchill.
“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” Herman Wouk
“Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.” Terry Pratchett
“It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for.” Will Rogers
“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. Will Rogers
“If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep.” Will Rogers
“Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.” Will Rogers
“This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher.” Albert Einstein
“Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.” Milton Friedman
“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.” Robert A Heinlein
“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”  Gordon Liddy
“The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.” John S. Coleman
“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” Gerald Barzan
“If the Lord loves a cheerful giver, how he must hate the taxpayer!” John Andrew Holmes
“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.” Mark Twain
“You must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip.” Morgan Stanley
“The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really.” Paula Poundstone
“The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.” William Simon
“All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.” Walter B. Wriston
“When there’s a single thief, it’s robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it’s taxation.” Vanya Cohen

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No “Tax Month Celebration” is complete without the official “IRS TAX” poem…

Tax his land, tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.

Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.

Tax his ties, tax his shirts,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,
Teach him taxes are no joke.

Tax his car, tax his ass,
Tax the roads that he must pass.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze, tax his beers,
If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,
Tax his notes, tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,
Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,
“Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone, we won’t relax,
We’ll still be after the inheritance tax!

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And  no “Tax Month Celebration” is complete without “knowing” what you “have been taxed for.”

Accounts Receivable Taxes
Accounting and Tax Preparation Taxes
Accumulated Earnings Taxes
Accumulation Distribution of Trusts Taxes
Activity Fee Taxes
Aircraft Excise Tax
Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax
Air Transportation Taxes
Alcohol Fuels Taxes
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes
Alternative Minimum Tax
Ambulance Services Taxes
Ammunition Taxes
Amusement Taxes
Animal Slaughter Taxes
Annual Custodial Taxes
Ballast Water Management Fee Taxes
Biodiesel Fuel Taxes
Blueberry Taxes
Bribe Taxes
Brothel Licensing Taxes
Building Permit Taxes
Business Registration Taxes
Capital Gains Taxes
CDL License Taxes
Charter Boat Captain License taxes
Cigarette Taxes
Cigarette Stamp Taxes
Commercial Activity Taxes
Compressed Natural Gas Tax
Corporate Income Taxes
County Property Taxes
Court Case Filing Taxes
Court Fines Taxes
Disposal Fee Taxes
Diverted Profit Taxes
Dog License Taxes
Drivers License Taxes
Dumping Permit Taxes
Electronic Waste Recycling Taxes
Electronic Transmission of Tax Return Taxes
Emergency Telephone User Surcharge Taxes
Employer Health Insurance Mandate Taxes
Employer Medicare Taxes
Employer Social Security Taxes
Environmental Taxes
Estate Taxes
Excise Taxes
Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
Facility Taxes
FDIC Bank Taxes
Federal Corporate Taxes
Federal Income Taxes
Federal Unemployment Taxes
Federal Highway Toll Taxes
Fiduciary Income Taxes
Fishing License Taxes
Flush Taxes
Food and Beverage License Taxes
Fountain Soda Drink Taxes
Franchise Business Taxes
Fresh Fruit Taxes
Fuel Gross Receipts Taxes
Fuel Permit Taxes
Fur Clothing Taxes
Garbage Taxes
Gas/Electric Bill Taxes
Gasoline Taxes (Federal)
Gasoline Taxes (Local)
Gasoline Taxes (State)
Generation Taxes
Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes
Generator Fee taxes
Gift Taxes
Gross Receipts Taxes
Gun Ownership Permit Taxes
Hamburger Taxes
Hazardous Material Disposal Taxes
Highway Access Taxes
Hotel Room Taxes
Household Employment Taxes
Hunting License Taxes
Illegal Drug Possession taxes
Import Taxes
Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes
Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes
Inheritance Taxes
Insect Control Hazardous Materials License Taxes
Inspection Fee Taxes
Insurance Premium Taxes
Intangible Taxes
Integrated Waste Management Taxes
Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes
Inventory Taxes
IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes
IRA Rollover Taxes
IRS Interest Taxes (tax on top of your tax)
IRS Penalties Taxes (tax on top of your ax)
Jock Taxes
Kerosene, Distillate, & Stove Oil Taxes
Kiddie Taxes
Land Gains and Real Estate Withholding Taxes
Lead Poisoning Prevention Taxes
Lease Severance Taxes
Library Taxes
License Plate Fee Taxes
Liquid Natural Gas Taxes
Liquid Petroleum Gas Taxes
Liquor Taxes
Litigation Taxes
LLC/PLLC Corporate Registration Taxes
Local Corporate Taxes
Local Income Taxes
Local School Taxes
Local Unemployment Taxes
Lodging Taxes
Lump-Sum Distributions Taxes
Luxury & Gas Guzzler Car taxes
Luxury Taxes
Make-Up Taxes
Mello-Roos Taxes
Marriage License Taxes
Medicare Taxes
Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans under ObamaCare
Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Taxes
Minnow Dealers Retail License Taxes
Minnow Dealers Distributor License Taxes
Mobile Home Ad Valorem Taxes
Motor Fuel Taxes
Motor Vehicle Taxes
Music and Dramatic Performing Rights Taxes
Nature Trail Permit Taxes
Nudity Performance Taxes
Nursery Registration Taxes
Occupancy Inspection Fees
Occupation Taxes
ObamaCare Individual Mandate Excise Taxes
ObamaCare Surtax On Investment Income
Oil and Gas Assessment Taxes
Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration
Parking Meters Taxes
Passport Application/Renewal Taxes
Pass-Through Withholding Taxes
Pay-Phone Calls Taxes
Percolation Test Taxes
Personal Holding Company Taxes
Personal Property Taxes
Pest Control License Taxes
Petroleum Business Taxes
Playing Card Taxes
Plastic Surgery Surcharge Taxes
Poultry Registered Premises License Taxes
Professional Licenses Fee Taxes
Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing Taxes
Property Transfer Tax
Property Taxes
Prostitution Taxes
Rain Water Runoff Taxes
Rat Control Taxes
Real Estate Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Taxes
Redemption Value Taxes
Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Fees Taxes
Registration Taxes For New Businesses
Retirement account early withdrawal penalty Taxes
Road Usage Taxes
Sales Taxes (City)
Sales Taxes (State)
School Taxes
Self-Employment Taxes
Sellers Permit Taxes
Septic Permit Taxes
Service Charge Taxes
Sewer & Water Taxes
Social Security Taxes
Soda/Fatty Food Taxes
Sparkler and Novelties Taxes
Special Assessments For Road Repairs/ Construction Taxes
Sports Stadium Taxes
State Corporate Taxes
State Documentary Stamp Taxes on Notes
State Income Taxes
State Park Entrance Fee Taxes
State Unemployment Taxes
Strip Club Pole Taxes
State Franchise Taxes
Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) Fuel Taxes
Stud Fee Taxes
Usage Taxes
Tangible Personal Property Tax
Tanning Taxes
Tattoo Taxes
Telephone 911 Service Taxes
Telephone Federal Excise Taxes
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Taxes
Telephone State and Local Taxes
Telephone Universal Access Taxes
Telephone Usage Charge Taxes
The Alternative Minimum Taxes
Tire Taxes
Tire Recycling Fee Taxes
Tobacco Taxes
Toll Booth Taxes
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Road Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Tourism/ Concession License taxes
Traffic Fine Taxes
Trailer Registration Taxes
Transportable Treatment Unit Fee Taxes
Trout Stamp Taxes
TV Cable/Satellite Taxes
Unemployment Taxes
Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Taxes
Underpayment of Estimated Taxes
Unreported Tip Income Taxes
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Taxes
Vehicle Recovery Taxes
Vehicle Registration Taxes
Vehicle Sales Taxes
Wagering Taxes
Waste Management Taxes
Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Fuel Taxes
Watercraft Registration/ Licensing Taxes
Water Rights Taxes
Waterfowl Stamp Taxes
Well Permit Taxes
Wiring Inspection Fee Taxes
Workers Compensation Taxes
Yacht & Luxury Boat Taxes
Zoning Permit Taxes

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Not one of these taxes “existed” 100 years ago, and our nation was the most “prosperous” in the world.

We had absolutely no national “debt,” had the largest “middle class” in the world, and Mom stayed “home” to raise the kids.

Yet despite all of this “oppressive” taxation, our “local” governments, our “state” governments and our “federal” government are all absolutely “drowning” in debt.

We are being taxed into oblivion, and yet most Americans do not even “realize” that it is happening.

What the “hell” happened? Can you spell “Politicians!”

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Tariff Taxes

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2016 by andelino

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How Trump and Sanders Plan to Raise Taxes on the Poor and Working Class
By Joe Carter

Imagine that a presidential candidate promised to “raise” taxes on everyone. Under the new proposal, both the “wealthy and middle” classes would “pay” more. But as a “percentage” of a person’s income, the tax increase would “disproportionately” affect the “poor and working” class.

Now imagine that when many “blue collar and working poor” hear about this tax proposal they have a strange reaction: “they cheer and consider it one of the primary reasons to support the candidate. They believe this deeply regressive tax that takes a large portion of their weekly paycheck is just what the American economy needs.”

While this scenario may seem too “absurd” even for the “bizarre” 2016 election, it is “actually” happening. In fact, such a “proposal” has been made by both “Bernie Sander and Donald Trump.”

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Both Sanders and Trump propose increasing “tariffs on goods imported” from other countries — and “increase” them significantly.

Two of the other major candidates, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, prefer to “decrease or eliminate” tariffs. It’s hard to tell where Hillary Clinton stands. She has “flip-flopped” on the issue of “free trade” so often that it’s difficult to know where she has “landed” at any particular time.

This isn’t that surprising for Sanders, a “socialist” who, on the issue of economics, is one of the most “ill-informed” candidates in modern history. But Trump should and probably does understand the “detrimental impact tariffs have on the poor.”

And yet he has proposed an “economy-crippling, poverty-increasing tariff.”

In 2012, Trump “proposed” a tariff on China of “25 percent.” In 2016 he bumped it up to “45 percent.” He later tried to “lie” and say he never proposed the 45 percent increase, but there is audio of him making the proposal.

A “tariff” is simply a “tax” on imports or exports, so Trump is proposing to “raise” taxes on imported goods by 25 to 45 percent. To keep this point in mind, I’ll hereafter refer to tariffs as “taxes.”

You might be thinking, “ So what? That’s a tax the Chinese have to pay.” But that’s “not” the way tariffs works. China “doesn’t” pay the tax — “you do.” If a tariff on Chinese goods is “increased” by 25 to 45 percent then you pay 25 to 45 percent “more” for those goods.

Here’s a way to think about it.

“Imagine there are two hamburger stands in town. One is owned by the mayor’s wife, Veronica, and one is owned by a woman who lives in the next town over, Betty.

Of the two, Betty makes the tastier burger. She is also able to charge $1 a burger since she is able to buy her supplies in her own hometown for much cheaper. Veronica’s burgers aren’t quite as good and cost more to make. She has to charge $1.30 per burger.

The mayor decides to implement a new tax of 45 percent on producers (like Betty) who don’t live in the city limits. Since Betty’s profit margin is already low, she has to pass the bulk of the 45-cent tax on to her customers. Instead of $1 she now has to charge $1.35.

So who is better off in this scenario? The only winner is Veronica. Since her burgers are now cheaper, she is likely to sell more. And who is worse off? The customers who now have to pay 30 to 35 cents more for every burger. That is money they could have used to buy other products or services. Now they have to spend additional money on this new tax.”

The same principle applies to taxes on “goods and services” imported from other countries. Customers simply have to “pay more” for goods and services they “used to get” much cheaper.

To understand how Trump’s “tax increase” would affect consumers, take a trip to Target or Wal-Mart and add “45 percent” to almost all the prices. That’s money that comes directly “out of your pocket” into the hands of the federal government, all to “punish” you for buying goods that are “cheaper” to make in China.

“Free trade” advocates have pointed out for centuries that taxes on imports are “evil and destructive.” But over the past few decades even “liberal” economists have come to “recognize” taxes on imports are a “bad deal,” especially for the poor.

Edward Gresser of the Progressive Policy Institute explains why,

“Imagine a group of workers at a hotel. The hotel vice president, an unmarried recent MBA, makes a salary of $110,000 per year. Her secretary is a young, single mother, earning $25,000. And the maid cleaning their hallway, also a single mom, left the welfare system two years ago to begin a minimum wage job.

Each of these women pays four major federal taxes: income taxes, payroll taxes, excise taxes, and tariffs. The largest of these, the income and payroll taxes, raise $1 trillion and $700 billion respectively, and make up the bulk of taxation on the vice president. The tariff system, bringing in less than $20 billion a year, is the smallest tax, but places a hidden and surprisingly heavy charge on the secretary and the maid.”

Gresser notes that the secretary loses “three days’ pay” to tariffs — twice as much as the vice president — and the maid likely loses a “full week’s pay.” The reason: “Tariffs are highest on the goods important to the poor.”

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Keep in mind that Gresser is “referring” to taxes that were already “added” on imports in 2002. The poor would pay these taxes “plus the increase proposed” by Sanders and Trump. Since most of the “poor and working class” do not pay any federal tax, increasing the “tax on imports” is one of the biggest taxes they’ll ever have.

Why, then, do so many of “low-income” workers support this “anti-poor” policy that’s been presented by Sanders and Trump? There are several reasons.

First, many believe it is necessary to “bring jobs back to America.” The reasons why this isn’t even “remotely plausible” are complicated, so I’ll dedicate a separate post to that issue.

Second, many people can’t seem to grasp that “taxes on producers” are taxes “passed on to consumers.” Companies “sell” products to “make” money. If the government adds a tax that artificially “increases” the cost of selling the product to a consumer, the tax will be “paid by the consumer.” Taxes on imports are similar to a pre-paid “sales tax.” Rather than “collecting” the tax at checkout, the tax is “added” into the price of the product. The tax may “initially” be paid by the foreign country, but you “reimburse” them when you purchase the product.

Third, most people don’t “see” the tax. Many people believe all “price” increases are caused by two phenomena: “greed and inflation.” If prices increases they “assume” it’s because a company wants to make more “profit” (hence, the company is being “greedy”) or that the price has been “affected” by inflation (a general rise is prices). They don’t even “think” about the taxes “paid” on imported goods. It never “occurs” to them that the reason they are “paying” more is because the government is “forcing” them to pay more for a product they “could and should” get much cheaper.

Fourth, politicians take advantage of the “misperceptions and misunderstandings” the American people have about economics. The vast majority of “voters” not only do not know much about “economics,” they do not want to be “educated.” They don’t want a politician (or journalists like me) “explaining” to them why a particular policy is “destructive” and makes them “worse” off. They merely “want” a politician to tell them what they want to “hear” and confirm what they “already” believe. If they think that China is the “reason” they can’t find a job, then they want a politician to tell them how they are going to “punish” China.

Fifth, the “average” consumer in the U.S. simply has no “understanding” of how taxes on imports affects them. This is especially true of the “poor and working class,” for the reasons cited above. Many of them therefore trust that a “successful businessman” like Trump must “know” what he’s talking about. After all, he wouldn’t “support” the policy if it “hurt” the poor, would he?

The answer, of course, is that politicians will “champion” any proposal that will help get them “elected.” Trump and Sanders are no different. Whether they actually believe that “increasing” the price of imports will “help” the American economy is “unimportant.” What matters “is” whether their potential voters “believe” it is true.

Once they are in office they don’t actually have to “keep” their word and “implement” the bad policy. And if they do, what does it matter if the “poor have to suffer?” The presidency is an attractive “prize” and worth whatever “cost” the poor and working class have to “pay” to help them “get to the Oval Office.”

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Why Protectionism Makes Americans Poorer
The Federal ‘Anti-Poverty’ Program that Taxes the Poor
Entrepreneurs, the Working Class, and the Mosaic of Culture
Why Protectionism Makes Americans Poorer
What Kind of Socialist is Bernie Sanders?

Gasoline Taxes Itemized

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2015 by andelino

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Chicago gas prices “highest” in the state as “prices” drop across U.S.

Motorists filling up at Chicago “pumps” can expect to pay an additional $0.16 per gallon in Regional Transportation Authority, county and city taxes, making gas sold in the city the costliest in any of Illinois’ “metro” areas.

Thanks to the fall in “crude” oil prices, gas prices are “dropping” across Illinois and the U.S. just as travelers prepare to “hit the road” for Thanksgiving.

Though Chicago’s prices have fallen “significantly” as well, drivers filling up in the city are still “paying” much more than their “counterparts” elsewhere in the state.

At $2.02, the average price per gallon of gas in Illinois is actually lower than the “national” average, which sits at $2.07, according to AAA.

But in Chicago, the price per gallon is $2.41, by far the “highest” price of any major metro “area” in the state.

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One of the major “reasons” Chicago’s prices are so high is the “city and state’s” additional gas sales “tax” burden.

Traditional gas taxes such as “motor fuel taxes” are a fixed amount per gallon. These taxes “generally” pay for “road maintenance and other transportation expenses” and motorists in all states “pay” these taxes.

Illinois, on the other hand, is one of only seven to apply an additional “sales tax” to gas purchases. Combined, the “federal, state, county, Chicago motor fuel and sales taxes” total $0.66 per gallon at today’s price. That leaves the “raw” price per gallon at $1.75.

These taxes don’t “show up” on your receipt, they’re “hidden” by being built into the “price per gallon” advertised along the roadways.

Even “worse,” unlike the motor fuel taxes, which are a “fixed” amount per gallon,  the sales taxes are set as “percentage” rates.

And there are even more layers of “taxation” within a person’s gas bill. Here’s how Illinois’ “layers and layers” of gas taxation break down for a person “filling up” his or her tank in Chicago.

Taxes the “Regional Transportation Authority, county and city” levy add $0.16 per gallon to the price of gas “sold” in Chicago.

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Illinois’ 6.25 percent “sales” tax adds $0.11 per gallon to the price of gasoline sold everywhere in the state, on “top” of federal and state environmental and motor fuel taxes.

Thus, drivers filling up at Chicago “pumps” face combined “federal, state, Regional Transportation Authority, county, Chicago motor fuel and sales taxes” of $0.66 per gallon at today’s prices.

And while “gas-tax dollars” in most states fund “roads and transportation” services, the revenue generated by “state sales taxes” goes to the state’s “general” fund.

That means Illinois is “pouring” gas-tax dollars into various government “spending,” including pensions.

I guess the government bureaucrats “deliberately and intentionally” hide these taxes, so the consumer will “blame” the evil oil companies for “high” prices.

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It might not be as “fast” as a car, but it’s a way to avoid “high” gas prices and the additional “gas” taxes!

Illinois Policy Institute
Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads
Why do you never see gasoline taxes itemized on your receipt?

Tax Return 2015

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on February 24, 2015 by andelino

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The Internal Revenue Service has announced the annual “inflation” adjustments for a number of tax provisions, including “tax rate schedules, tax tables and cost-of-living adjustments” for certain tax items.

These are the applicable numbers for the “Tax Year 2015” – in other words, “effective” January 1, 2015 filing.

They are NOT the numbers and rates that you’ll use to “prepare” your 2014 tax returns in 2015. If you’re looking for those numbers you’ll find them here.

The “numbers and rates” below are those you’ll use to prepare your “2015 tax returns in 2016.”

Got it? Good.

The big news is, of course, the “tax brackets”. Here’s what they “look” like for 2015:

Individual Taxpayers

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Married Individuals Filing Joint Returns and Surviving Spouses

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Married Individuals Filing Separate Returns

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Heads of Household

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Trusts and Estates

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See how the rates for 2015 compare to the 2014 brackets here.

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Puzzled and Confused.

I just received my tax return for 2014 “back” from the IRS which “puzzles” me!

They are “questioning” how many “dependents” I claimed.

I guess it was “because” of my response to the question: “List all dependents…” I replied:

12 million illegal immigrants,
3 million crack heads,
42 million unemployed people on food stamps,
2 million people in over 243 prisons,
Half of Mexico, and
535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.

Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

I keep asking myself, who the “heck” did I miss?

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IRS Tax Help

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by andelino

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IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner just “announced” how you can avoid paying any “taxes” and survive “tax audits” by the IRS.

When confronted by the Auditors one must simply state: “I have lost my tax records from the past 7 years due to a computer glitch.”

If it worked for her, it should work for you, too! It’s obvious that Lois Lerner has “known” about and probably used this “trick” for years.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) filed a “subpoena” against the IRS, which asks for Lois Lerner’s “hard drive” and other electronic “devises” she used.

Issa filed his subpoena a few days after the IRS said it “lost all emails” involving Lerner that Republicans were seeking in their investigation of the IRS “targeting” scandal.

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While this is an “interesting” and, frankly, a necessary development, I wonder if a better “approach” would have been to have a judge issue a “warrant for her hard drive” so that it could have been “retrieved quickly with no tampering.”

You might think that people participating in illegal or unconstitutional activity would know better than to leave any “digital footprint” evidence at all; if folks failed to follow “how-not-to-be-nailed-as-a-criminal 101,” then destroying “electronic evidence” so it cannot be “forensically recovered” would likely be the “next” move.

Although a person could blame missing data on a computer “glitch or crash”, getting rid of every “digital trace” would be a “huge undertaking” in this world of redundant “backups and cloud storage.” Considering the data that supposedly went “poof” is two years’ worth of email from the director of a government agency division, it’s little wonder that no techies believe it.

We’re talking about the “congressional” investigation into the IRS allegedly targeting “Tea Party and conservative groups” who applied for “tax-exempt status” from 2010 to 2012.

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Lois Lerner, former Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS, previously chose to plead the Fifth Amendment twice. On Friday, after the IRS blamed (pdf) a “convenient computer crash” in 2011 for wiping out two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails, pundits started saying it smelled like another Watergate coverup.

If the IRS is being honest and those emails are truly lost, then that means the IRS is “totally mismanaged and has the worst IT department ever,” according to former Microsoft program manager Norman Cillo.

He told “The Blaze” six reasons why the IRS’s claim of “lost” email is “preposterous”, starting with the fact that “the government uses Microsoft Exchange for their email servers” and that means database “redundancy.” So unless the IRS “did not follow Microsoft’s recommendation,” the agency is “lying.”

Someone “claiming” to be an attorney for the Justice Department, yet wanting to remain “anonymous”, contacted PowerLine to state:

“I’m a DOJ lawyer, so you obviously cannot use my name or any identifying information. But the idea that a ‘hard drive crash’ somehow destroyed all of Ms. Lerner’s intra-government email correspondence during the period in question [2009-2011] is laughable. Government email servers are backed up every night. So if she actually had a hard drive fail, her emails would be recoverable from the backup. If the backup was somehow also compromised, then we are talking about a conspiracy.”

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Although it is not listed as appropriate actions in the IRS public records for Managing Electronic Records, including email, perhaps Lerner archived all her email in a local .pst file that was destroyed after a hard drive failure? The IRS claimed it has “determined that Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed in mid-2011…The data stored on her computer’s hard drive was determined to be ‘unrecoverable’ by the IT [information technology] professionals.”

In testimony before Congress in March, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen “claimed” all the relevant email communications were “stored somewhere” on severs. Perhaps the email backups were “recycled and taped over” for newer backups, exactly as the IRS now claims?

That would be “pretty” handy, especially since the IRS “waited” a year to tell Congress the emails were “nonexistent.” Do you suppose it might take a year to completely “wipe all electronic evidence, backups and other redundant measures?” With no documented proof, are we supposed to believe “Lerner acted alone?”

The agency “pieced together” 24,000 emails “from the computers of 83 other IRS employees” copied in Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011. In total, the IRS produced over 750,000 documents to the tune of $10 million; the emails that disappeared are “mainly ones to and from people outside the IRS, ‘such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices’.”

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Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp asked President Obama to supply any emails between the White House and Lerner for the period between January 2009 and April 2011. If you think “incriminating electronic evidence” will be supplied, then you might also buy into the theory that the NSA – “the agency that will neither confirm nor deny scooping up Americans’ communications” – will actually provide “all metadata” collected from Lerner’s email accounts to “prove” who she contacted and when.

While no one seems to “believe” IRS IT could be this “epically mismanaged”, it is true that the IRS missed the Windows XP deadline and agreed to pay “less than $500,000” to Microsoft for continued XP “security” patches.

After all, it’s not like Microsoft only gave a “month’s” warning that the 12-year-old “Operating System” (OS) would be retired; the end of Windows XP was “announced” in 2008.

The IRS plan was to spend $30 million to finish “migrating” to Windows 7, yet when XP support ended, only about 52,000 of 110,000 Windows-powered desktops and notebooks had been “upgraded” to Windows 7.

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When the IRS first began using computers back in 1961, people were horrified; if Lerner’s “lost” email provides a “snapshot” overview of how those IRS computers are “managed”, then people in “2014 and onward” really should be horrified…unless the “lost” excuse starts working in “reverse” when the IRS wants some “receipts” from a decade ago?

“The claim incriminating communications were erased by a glitch conjures memories of Rose Mary Woods. Barack Obama has brought us Jimmy Carter’s economy and Richard Nixon’s excuses.”
Congressman Steve Stockman

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Why shouldn’t “taxpayers” be allowed to use the same “excuses” the IRS, and other elements of our “imperial” government, deploy when they get in trouble? Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) aims to make it happen with his “The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act.”

“Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama Administration uses,” Stockman declared, offering “legislation” that would require the IRS to “accept” any of the following reasons when we can’t meet their “demands” for documentation:

1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary’s Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy’s car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?

But don’t worry, Stockman’s bill would not mean the total “collapse” of our tax system. “In any case, IRS can see the NSA for a good, high quality copy,” the Act concludes.

The fundamental “transformation” of the IRS continues.

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Taxes vs. Revenues

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2014 by andelino

The Laffer Curve 01During a meeting in a restaurant with two officials from the Ford Administration, “Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld,” a young economist “sketched a curve” on a napkin to illustrate an “argument” he was making.

Arthur Laffer was explaining to the Washington policymakers the concept of “taxable income elasticity”—i.e., “taxable income will change in response to changes in the rate of taxation.”

By 1974, the idea was already ancient. Ibn Khaldun, a 14th century Muslim philosopher, wrote in his work “The Muqaddimah“:

“It should be known that at the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.”

John Maynard Keynes had made the same point in 1933.

But for American politicians the idea that people “change their behavior” based on “rates of taxation” seemed revolutionary, so the concept became popularized as “The Laffer Curve.”

The crucial point, as Laffer has explained, is that:

“People do not work, consume, or invest to pay taxes. They work and invest to earn after-tax income, and they consume to get the best buys after tax. Therefore, people are not concerned per se with taxes, but with after-tax results. Taxes and after-tax results are very similar, but have crucial differences.”

The Laffer Curve explains why “higher taxes” provide an incentive to “work less.”

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“When tax rates are too high, people work less since they are working mainly to pay for the marginal tax increase. The result is that higher tax rates can cause revenue to the government to decrease below what it would have been without the increased rate.”

But there is another way to create the same effect as a “prohibitive” tax increase: “provide subsidies that reduce incentives to work.”

Consider, for instance, how the subsidies for ObamaCare are affecting economic growth:

The CBO, the government’s nonpartisan number-cruncher, included the figures in its projection of economic growth over the next decade. The CBO estimates that “ObamaCare” will lower full-time employment by 2.3m in 2021, compared with what might have been without reform. That 2.3m drop is nearly three times larger than the CBO’s earlier projection.

The CBO does not give “credence” to Republicans’ common claim that “ObamaCare” is already reducing employment. Rather, the CBO expects “ObamaCare” to have its biggest impact from 2017.

Furthermore, the main reason for the “decline” is not that employers will slash jobs, but that Americans will “choose” to work less.

Nevertheless, the CBO provides the best case yet that “ObamaCare” will depress work, rather than boost it.

Many factors account for the drop. Top among them is the affect of “subsidies” for health insurance.

To help Americans buy coverage on new health “exchanges”, ObamaCare offers “tax credits” to those earning between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty line (about $11,500 to $46,000 for a single adult).

Those tax credits are offered on a sliding scale, by income, so workers effectively “pay a higher tax rate as their wages rise.”

This will “dissuade” workers from trying to “earn” more. It also allows a higher “standard of living,” that is, with health coverage, at a lower income, which may further “discourage” work.

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The CBO analyses other provisions, too.

For example the higher “payroll tax” for couples earning $250,000 or more may lower their “desire to earn” higher wages.

ObamaCare’s requirement that “insurers” cover the sick, without raising their “rates”, may prompt many to “retire” earlier than they would have otherwise.

The unintended effect of “ObamaCare” is that it provides incentives to work less or “to not work at all.”

And with fewer people in the workforce, the government will be bringing in “zero” revenue from the income those people would have otherwise generated.

This outcome was not exactly “unexpected.” It was what economists had “predicted” all along but it seems to come as a “surprise” to President Obama.

Perhaps he should have “invite” Laffer to bring his “napkin” to the White House to show him exactly “where he went wrong.”

Instead, Obama “re-drew” the Laffer Curve with his own “economic” understanding:

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“Steve, the math is the math. You can’t lower rates and raise revenue, unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else.” -President Obama on 60 Minutes.

Well, as everyone knows by now, the “Nobel Prize” Obama won wasn’t in economics…

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Blessing of the Taxes

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on November 28, 2013 by andelino

Blessing of the Taxes 01During Thanksgiving, Americans traditionally give thanks to the government for what it has distributed to them.

All conscientious community members are required to experience (a) deep gratitude to the Government and its leaders; (b) unworthiness in the face of the glorious state; (c) guilt for consuming according to their needs and not giving back enough according to their abilities.

The non-compliant will have their belongings redistributed to the more worthy members of the community.

This year’s progressive “Thanksgiving” prayer has been updated for the 2013-2014 tax year and was written by Economist Professor Kurgman, PhD.

As much as I abhor Christianity, I occasionally attend progressive churches in my community – as long as the pastor expounds on socialism and its variants like environmental causes, and the rights of the oppressed masses of gays, women, Black Americans, Palestinians, Cubans, and Hezbollah.

My local pastor rarely talks about anything else. He even asked me to compose a prayer for this week’s Thanksgiving sermon. Now, everybody knows that Thanksgiving observance does nothing more than perpetuate the Holocaust of the Native American. What positive meaning could be found in such a grotesquely shameful holiday? After lengthy meditation my admirable laser-sharp mind of an economist with three PhDs immediately was blessed with the brilliant, socially significant prayer answer below.

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Let me, Dear God, shift the paradigm on this Thanksgiving and blissfully give thanks for the gift of government, and thank the government for the gift of taxes. Bless my taxes, O God! Give me peace of mind as I rejoice in filling out forms and returning money to its rightful owner, the government. Keep me joyous, I pray, as I write out those checks. Yea, Lord, we know that there is little reason to be joyous with the failure of the healthcare collectivization rollout, but the thought of a new tax year still brings to us a swelling tear of joy. And whisper to me, Lord, all the good reasons that I send my money to my government every year.

Raise my awareness to the fact that I could not write this prayer, and would be a barely-functioning illiterate living in the gutter, if I had not received a free tax-subsidized education; my parents could not have afforded both my tuition and their own tax payments, so my tuition was supplied, at no expense to anyone, by the government. Remind me of how my mind has been so wondrously calibrated by our free public schools!

Gently show me that the Internet, through which I send this prayer to others, was created by committees of civil servants. Help me to recall that my freedom to pray as I wish was purchased with tax dollars that paid for dairy price supports. Quietly kiss me as you raise my awareness that the only deserving people, the most noble among us, are those who subsist on government programs — paid for with our taxes. My Lord my God, fondle me as you energize me with the hopefulness of higher taxes that can pay for an even more effective Internal Revenue service, which in turn can collect even more taxes for an even more effective Internal Revenue Service, which will culminate in an ecstatic spiral of an all-encompassing tax-collecting mechanism that will be accountable to no one except to the spirit of economic justice.

Reveal to me, Lord, in my mind’s eye, the public health workers, the regulators of the environment and of commerce, the employees of the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education, and the Administration for Children and Families, and the Minerals Management Service, and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Minority Business Development Agency , and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission , and the Government National Mortgage Association, and the Housing and Urban Development Department, and the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, and the Institute of Peace, and the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Small Business Administration, and the Superfund Basic Research Program , and the President’s Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission , and the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee , and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and the Stennis Center for Public Service, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation , and the Peace Corps, and the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, and the National Interagency Fire Center, and the Northwest Power Planning Council, and the Multifamily Housing Office , and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, and especially the Internal Revenue Service, and all the other things that my taxes and your taxes make possible.

And please, Lord, remind my brothers and sisters that they should liquidate their savings accounts and mutual funds, bonds and CD’s, so that they too can be forced to turn it over to the greatest bargain of all that is Social Security. Educate me, Dear One, of how difficult life was for the sick and elderly before they paid throughout their entire careers, with threat of imprisonment, 14% of their wages for the iron-clad guarantees of Social Security. Please, Lord, make everyone realize that there is no investment more secure, and none that gives such a generous return, as Social Security.

Take me out of my selfishness and give me a spirit of gratitude as I write those tax checks! Remind me of my own virtue as I inform the IRS of cheaters. Inspire me to see that my sacred duty is to serve those who are unable to provide “value” to others, or are unwilling to provide anything for themselves. And that my highest calling is to ensure that others return whatever they have to the Government that You have created.

O Dear One, there are so many ways I wish my taxes could be spent! I’m willing, O Lord, to pay even more in taxes if it would work for the common good: We need a strong government to take back from the rich few and generously give to the many! Lord my God, please put the brakes on commerce, remove all profits from the pigs who “produced” it, and turn it all over to those who deserve it. So, more than ever, dear God, give me the strength and the vision to rise up and press my government to unapologetically take back what is ours. My sacred duty as a spokesperson for the working class can only be fulfilled if we organize, advocate, protest, resist, agitate, and speak truth to power by writing tax checks. I ask for your guidance, God, as I join with others to change the priorities and values of our government, so that they reflect more of our collective will, and my struggle, as expressed through your will.

Lord, you have created all men and women as equals. Any disparity from your plan is an affront to decency. And so I pray, my Dear Lord, that you fulfill your vision for true equality, and remove all excess. In service to you, my Lord, we will not rest until everyone is truly equal. Tax the rich. Sicken the healthy. Scar the beautiful. Destroy the “successful”. Drown the bankers. Blind the stock traders. Cripple the athletes and sever the hands of the musicians. Plant carnivorous bacteria in the brains of those who score high on racist “IQ” tests. Deliver wasting diseases to the strong. Starve and stone the executives and managers. Show no mercy to the blood-sucking merchants as they suffer merciless deaths in the searing flames of gargantuan infernos. Smash capitalism and deliver us, Dear One, to our deserved socialist paradise.

May your blessing rest on my Form 1040, dear Lord, and may my taxes well serve you and my fellow citizens! Amen.

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Tax the rich. Sicken the healthy. Scar the beautiful. Destroy the “successful”. Drown the bankers. Blind the stock traders. Cripple the athletes and sever the hands of the musicians.

Further mandatory reading:
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The First Thanksgiving: The Korrekt Version
Thanksgiving Holiday Tip # 239-T-1127-A
Thanksgiving Caption Contest
Thanksgiving is a discriminative and oppressive holiday
Thanksgiving = Genocide
Give Thanks… Or else!
Prog Off Thanksgiving

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